E. agavoides is a small, stemless succulent plant, 8–12 cm (3–5 in) tall, with a rosette of leaves 7–15 cm (3–6 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". 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 cm (20 in) long. The flowers are pink, orange or red, the petals tipped with dark yellow.
- Cotyledon agavoides Baker 1869
- Echeveria obscura (Rose)Poelln. 1936
- Echeveria yuccoides hort. ex E. Morren 1874
- Urbinia agavoides (Lem.) Rose 1903
- Urbinia obscura Rose 1903
Common English name : crested molded wax agave
- 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 fears 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.
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.
- RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964.
- "Echeveria agavoides - synonyms". Tropicos. Missouri Botanical Gardens.
- Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
- "RHS Plant Selector - Echeveria agavoides". Retrieved 18 June 2013.
- Attila Kapitany, (2009). Knowing Echeverias, Cactus and Succulent Journal, Volume 81 Issue 2.
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