Echeveria agavoides 'Red Edge'
Echeveria 'Red Edge', Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick', Echeveria agavoides var. multifida, Echeveria agavoides 'Multifida'
Echeveria agavoides 'Red Edge', also known as Echeveria agavoides 'Lipstick', is an attractive succulent that usually forms a solitary rosette even when old. Leaves are apple-green with vivid red-pink edges and a terminal spine. They are up to 3.2 inches (8 cm) long and 1.2 inches (3 cm) wide. In summer, the inflorescences appear on slender, up to 20 inches (50 cm) long, single-sided cymes. Flowers are pinkish-red with petals tipped with dark yellow. This cultivar's decisive feature is not primarily the red leaf margin near the apex but the 4- to 5-branched inflorescence.
USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).
How to Grow and Care
Most common Echeveria species are not complicated succulents to grow, provided you follow a few basic rules. First, be careful never to let water sit in the rosette as it can cause rot or fungal diseases that will kill the plant. Additionally, remove dead leaves from the bottom of the plant as it grows. These dead leaves provide a haven for pests, and Echeverias are susceptible to mealy bugs. Finally, as with all succulents, careful watering habits and plenty of light will help ensure success.
Repot as needed, preferably during the warm season. To repot a succulent, make sure the soil is dry before repotting, then gently remove the pot. Knock away the old soil from the roots, making sure to remove any rotted or dead roots in the process. Treat any cuts with a fungicide.
Most Echeverias can be easily propagated from leaf cuttings, although some are better from seeds or stem cuttings. To propagate a leaf cutting, place the individual leaf in potting soil for succulents and cover the dish until the new plant sprouts.
Learn more at How to Grow and Care for Echeveria.
This succulent is a cultivar of Echeveria agavoides.
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