Echeveria agavoides 'Maria'
Echeveria agavoides 'Maria' (Wax Agave)
Echeveria agavoides 'Maria' (Wax Agave) is a succulent plant that forms a large tight, rosette, up to 14 inches (35 cm) in diamater, of…
Echeveria agavoides (Lemaire): A very popular species with a unique look from most Echeveria. Each rosette can grow to 12.0" in diameter, has thick, pointed leaves like an Agave, and remains short and mostly stemless. When grown in bright sunlight and given infrequent water, the leaf edges can turn reddish. It can tolerate light frost well, down to -20F. This species tends to be solitary, but it propagates readily from leaves. It is native to Mexico and often sends up multiple bloom stalks at once.
Echeveria need bright sunlight to maintain their colors and compact rosette form. They will not survive a hard frost, but if there is a risk of freezing temperatures they can be brought indoors to grow on a sunny window sill or under a grow light.
Like most succulents, they need great drainage and infrequent water to prevent rot. Pick containers with drainage holes and use well-draining cactus and succulent soil with 50% to 70% mineral grit such as coarse sand, pumice, or perlite. Water deeply enough for water to run out the drainage hole, then wait for the soil to fully dry before watering again.
Also known as "Mexican Hens & Chicks", Echeveria can produce new offsets or "chicks" around the base of the mother plant. These chicks can be left to form a tidy cluster or removed and transplanted. Additionally, Echeveria can be propagated from stem cuttings or mature leaves. Look to our Succulent Cuttings Guide for more information.