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Echeveria agavoides

Family: Crassulaceae (krass-yoo-LAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Echeveria (ech-eh-VER-ee-a) (Info)
Species: agavoides (ah-gav-OH-id-eez) (Info)

Synonym:Echeveria obscura

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Alpines and Rock Gardens
Cactus and Succulents

under 6 in. (15 cm)

12-15 in. (30-38 cm)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade
Light Shade
Partial to Full Shade

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Bloom Color:
Gold (Yellow-Orange)

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Late Fall/Early Winter
Mid Winter

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Drought-tolerant; suitable for xeriscaping

Soil pH requirements:
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2 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive Baja_Costero On Oct 30, 2012, Baja_Costero from Baja California
Mexico (Zone 11) wrote:

Excellent container plant for extreme exposure situations (up to day-long sun in mild climates). Tolerates dry soil and not very thirsty anyway, even for an Echeveria. Pot in very well drained soil and/or use a clay pot if you want to spoil it with water. Does very well underpotted.

Looks best in strong light.

Flowers tend to be bug magnets. Amputate infected inflorescences early or use chemical control. I prefer the former.

Prolific offsetter and easy to propagate.

Various named cultivars have been selected for color and form. There are also various hybrids which tend to preserve the best features of this species.

Neutral BlissfulGarden On Oct 24, 2008, BlissfulGarden from Baton Rouge, LA wrote:


Echeveria agavoides is a stemless satiny translucent light green star-shaped rosette which somewhat resembles the form of an Agave. The flowers are reddish or yellow. Echeveria agavoides is a variable plant; some forms have reddish tips and some forms have slightly red to very red margins. One cultivar 'Ebony' has very dark red margins, almost burgundy. Echeveria agavoides also has a cristate form, with fans of frosty green spikes tipped in red. Originally from Mexico, Echeveria agavoides has proven a popular choice for rock gardens. In habitat, many Echeverias grow on rocky outcroppings at higher altitudes. In this habitat, the water drains quickly away from the roots of the plant, never allowing the plant to remain waterlogged. For this reason, it is essential in cultivation to use a very porous soil, which will allow quick drainage. Bright light is required to prevent "stretching" of Echeverias ("stretching" occurs when a moderately fast growing plant such as an Echeveria, is grown in dim light or over-fertilized, which causes overly lush growth that contributes to weak, pallid plants). Water thoroughly when soil is dry to the touch. Protect from frost. agavoides lipstick starlike rosette trinagular pointed glossy pale green reddish margin flowers archining yellow

Positive palmbob On Feb 9, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a relatively common species, and quite fast for an Echeveria.. very hardy- can tolerate sun, shade, moist soils, dry soils... one of the easier succulents, and almost always looks good. Flowers in winter red to orange. Aphids like this plant (and all flowering Echeverias)

Neutral smiln32 On May 19, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Origin: Mexico - It prefers in cooler gardens but will also take considerable shade. It is hardy to about 15-20 degrees F.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Queen Creek, Arizona
Brentwood, California
Carlsbad, California
Carmichael, California
Clayton, California
Fairfield, California
Menlo Park, California
Mountain View, California
Reseda, California
San Diego, California
San Jose, California
San Leandro, California
Temecula, California
Thousand Oaks, California
Orlando, Florida
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Ashtabula, Ohio
Conneaut, Ohio
Clarksville, Tennessee
Sugar Land, Texas

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