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Echeveria agavoides - Carpet Echeveria

This listing for information only - We no longer grow this plant  

 
Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Succulent
Family: Crassulaceae (Stonecrops)
Origin: Mexico (North America)
Evergreen: Yes
Red/Purple Foliage: Yes
Flower Color: Red & Yellow
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: <1 foot
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Echeveria agavoides (Carpet Echeveria) - This succulent grows as a 12 inch wide by 6 inch tall tight rosette of fleshy, apple-green leaves with reddish edges and a terminal spine. The red flowers have a yellow tip and bloom in the spring through early summer. It prefers sun in cooler gardens but will also take considerable shade and is hardy to about 15-20 degrees F. This is likely a cultivar as it has more red in the leaf than the typical species but is not as large as the plant we grow as Echeveria agavoides 'Maria' nor as red edged as what is often called Echeveria agavoides 'Liptstick, or 'Ebony'. Our plants came tagged as Echeveria agavoides 'Red' and were produced in the laboratory (tissue culture) by Longview Horticulture in Longwarry, Victoria, Austrailia - the image displayed courtesy of Longview Horticulture. The genus Echeveria was named after to honor Mexican botanical artist Atanasio Echeverría y Godoy in 1828 by French botanist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle (DeCandolle) who was impressed with Echeverría's drawings. Echeverría had accompanied the the Sessé and Mociño expedition (led by Martin de Sessé y Lacasta and Mariano Mociño Suárez de Figueroa) while exploring Mexico and northern Central America and he produced thousands of botanical illustrations. Echeveria is a member of the large Crassula family (Crassulaceae) that has about 1,400 species in 33 genera with worldwide distribution. Echeveria, with approximately 180 species, come from mid to higher elevations in the Americas with the main distribution in Mexico and central America but with one species found from as far north as southern Texas and several species occurring as far south as Bolivia, Peru and possibly Argentina. The book "The genus Echeveria" by John Pilbeam (published by the British Cactus and Succulent Society, 2008) is an excellent source of information on the species and "Echeveria Cultivars" by Lorraine Schulz and Attila Kapitany (Schulz Publishing, 2005) has excellent photos and information on the cultivars and hybrids. It has been argued by some that the correct pronunciation for the genus is ed ek-e-ve'-ri-a, though ech-e-ver'-i-a seems more prevalent.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Echeveria agavoides.
 
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