Echeveria Agavoides is a succulent that is readily available in our local hardware stores.  It is a relatively common species of the Echeveria genus. It is native to the rocky areas of Mexico, therefore does not like a lot of water, can grow well in full sun and is drought tolerant. There are a few different species – Red Edge and Lipstick are the most common.

It grows to about 8–12 cm (3–5 in) tall,  7–15 cm (3–6 in) in diameter. They will grow easily in well drained soils in full sun or partial shade.  Perfect for rock gardens.  They can be propagated by stem or leaf cuttings. Mature plants can produce offsets (pups) which can be transplanted. They do not produce as many pups as other species of Echeveria.  Agavoides has crimson/red tips which are more prominent when grown in full sun.  They have the usual echeveria flowers – a pinky orange colour on long stems.

Without sun they are 100% green without any crimson/red tips.  The following plant was totally green when I purchased it.  It now spends approximately 3 hours of full sun during the day but only has tiny crimson tips.  I have purchased another specimen to plant in full sun for most of the day to see if the colour is more prodominent.

Echeveria Agavoides

When I bought the Agavoides below it was light green and healthy.  I believe it was grown predominantly in shade. I placed it in a sunny position which received full sun in the afternoon.  A week later it looked quite ill.  If I was a novice with succulents I would have thought it was dying and thrown it out.  The leaves on the plant were/are sun burnt as it was not used to full sun.  As there are new leaves forming in the middle of the plant (as you can see in the photo) then the succulent will survive.

suburnt echeveria

Echeveria Agavoides – full sun has burnt the outer leaves.

If water sits in the rosette(middle of the plant) for too long (days) this can cause problems with fungal disease or rot the plant. As with all succulents Agavoides can be attacked by mealy bugs.  If the plant has been growing in partial shade and moved to a full sun position the leaves will burn but it should recover within a few months, as per the photos below.

echeveria agavoides

Looking healthy but with no red tips.

sunburnt echeveria agavoides

One week later, burnt leaves after growing in the afternoon sun.

Echeveria Agavoides

Four months later after growing in afternoon sun- looking fabulous

This is another Echeveria species, like Echeveria Black Prince that is hardy, can be grown in full sun or partial shade and is readily available in hardware stores.  (see post: Echeveria Black Prince Succulent )