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Echeveria agavoides 'Maria' (Wax Agave)


Scientific Name

Echeveria agavoides 'Maria'

Common Names

Wax Agave


Echeveria 'Maria'

Scientific Classification

Family: Crassulaceae
Subfamily: Sedoideae
Tribe: Sedeae
Subtribe: Sedinae
Genus: Echeveria


Echeveria agavoides 'Maria' is a succulent plant that forms a large tight, rosette, up to 14 inches (35 cm) in diameter, of fleshy, apple green leaves with red leaf tips. In spring and early summer appear the red flowers with yellow tips.

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USDA hardiness zones 9a to 11b: from 20 °F (−6.7 °C) to 50 °F (+10 °C).

How to Grow and Care

Most of the 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. 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 a few 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.


Echeveria agavoides 'Maria' was selected by Frank Reinelt from his crosses of Echeveria agavoides with its cultivar Echeveria agavoides 'Prolifera'.

According to ICN, it is unknown which plant Frank Reinelt considered to be E. agavoides 'Prolifera'. If it was the same plant described by Walther as E. agavoides var. prolifera with, then it is a plant of unknown origin and very likely a hybrid. That means a cross of E. agavoides x E. agavoides hybrid is no longer an E. agavoides cultivar but a hybrid. Therefore the correct name is rather Echeveria 'Maria'.


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