Echeveria agavoides 'Ebony'

Echeveria agavoides 'Ebony'


Echeveria agavoides 'Ebony' (Ebony Wax Agave)

Echeveria agavoides 'Ebony' (Ebony Wax Agave) is a succulent plant that forms clusters of tight rosettes of fleshy, gray-green leaves with…

How To Grow And Care For Echeveria Agavoides

Succulent growers prefer to plant Echeveria agavoides in a container or a rock garden. This is not a cold-hardy plant. If you live in a region that experiences temperature drops that go below 20° F (-6.7° C), you would be strongly advised to move the Lipstick indoors.

1. Sunlight

Similar to other succulents of the echeveria variety, Lipstick thrives with exposure to full or partial sunlight.

If Echeveria agavoides will be planted in the garden, place it in a location that gets 6 hours of morning sunlight. Exposure to full sun will help bring out the most vibrant and brightest colors of Lipstick.

If grown indoors, position Echeveria agavoides in a window that faces the south or west so that it will get the most sunlight.

2. Watering

Echeveria agavoides is highly-resistant to drought. Lipstick can go without water for extended periods. It is better to under-water than overwater this type of succulent. Overwatering can lead to root rot which can contaminate the entire plant.

Before giving Lipstick water, check the moisture content of its soil. If the soil feels dry to the touch, you can give the succulent some water. Always water at the roots and never water the leaves.

3. Pot and Soil

Buy a pot that has good drainage to prevent the succulent’s roots from being immersed in water.

The type of soil you use should have excellent draining properties and allow for proper air circulation around the plant’s roots.

You can buy any commercially-available soil mix for succulents and cacti. You can also make your own by mixing one part potting soil with one part perlite to ensure proper drainage.

If Echeveria agavoides is looking dull, give it fertilizer that is diluted with water to reduce it to half-strength. Buy a fertilizer brand that is low in nitrogen. Fertilizer is best given during the spring and summer months.

Echeveria agavoides is a small, stemless succulent plant, 8–12 centimetres (3.1–4.7 in) tall, with a rosette of leaves 7–15 centimetres (2.8–5.9 in) in diameter. It is often solitary, but old plants in good condition grow offsets. The leaves are green, triangular, thicker (6 mm) and more acute than the other echeverias - hence the explanation of their name agavoides, "looking like an agave". [2] Some varieties with bright light have reddish (or bronze) tips and some forms have slightly red to very red margins. The inflorescences in summer appear on slender, single-sided cymes up to 50 centimetres (20 in) long. The flowers are pink, orange or red, the petals tipped with dark yellow. [3]

Echeveria is named for Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy, a botanical illustrator who contributed to Flora Mexicana. [4]

Agavoides means 'resembling Agave.' [4]

  • Echeveria agavoides var. corderoyi
  • Echeveria agavoides var. multifida
  • Echeveria agavoides var. prolifera

  • 'Lipstick', with red leaf edges
  • 'Ebony', with dark brown edges, almost burgundy
  • 'Aquamarine', with icy emerald-green leaves

As with most echeverias, E. agavoides may be harmed by moisture and prefers mineral soils, growing best in light and even direct sunshine, which aids flowering. In order to flower, plants need rest in the winter, without water and in a cold place - but not less than 5 °C (41 °F). In temperate regions they must be kept indoors during winter, but may be placed outside during the summer months. [3]

Many hybrids have been created to obtain more brightly colored flowers or leaves.

The easiest methods of propagation are leaf cuttings and division of older plants. It propagates easily from cutting the stem although propagation from leaves can be more difficult. In order to propagate, one must take a sharp sterilized knife or scissors to cut away at the stem or leaves. Time must pass to allow for callousing before replanting. [6]

  1. ^"Echeveria agavoides Lem". Plants of the World Online. Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew . Retrieved 2020-03-28 .
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  3. Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN9781845337315 .
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  5. RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN978-1405332965 .
  6. ^ ab Gledhill, David (2008). "The Names of Plants". Cambridge University Press.
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  8. ISBN9780521685535 (paperback). pp. 39, 149
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  10. "RHS Plant Selector - Echeveria agavoides" . Retrieved 18 June 2013 .
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  12. "This Echeveria shows off when it's been happily "stressed. " ". Succulents and Sunshine. 2019-02-09 . Retrieved 2019-10-23 .
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