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Molded Wax Echeveria (Echeveria agavoides) at Roger's Gardens

Molded Wax Echeveria in bloom

Molded Wax Echeveria in bloom

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Molded Wax Echeveria (Echeveria agavoides) at Roger's Gardens

Molded Wax Echeveria foliage

Molded Wax Echeveria foliage

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Plant Height:  5 inches

Flower Height:  12 inches

Spread:  10 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  8b

Other Names:  Lipstick Echeveria, Wax Agave


This agave resembling variety features tight rosettes of thick, trianglular, apple green foliage with dark red edges and terminal spines; pinkish-red or orange flowers with yellow tips in early summer; ideal for containers or rock gardens

Ornamental Features

Molded Wax Echeveria features unusual bracted salmon tubular flowers with red overtones and yellow tips rising above the foliage from early to mid summer. Its attractive succulent round leaves remain light green in color with distinctive dark red edges throughout the year. The red stems can be quite attractive.

Landscape Attributes

Molded Wax Echeveria is a dense herbaceous evergreen perennial with tall flower stalks held atop a low mound of foliage. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage.

This plant will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spiny

Molded Wax Echeveria is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Mass Planting
  • Rock/Alpine Gardens
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Molded Wax Echeveria will grow to be only 5 inches tall at maturity extending to 12 inches tall with the flowers, with a spread of 10 inches. Its foliage tends to remain low and dense right to the ground. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 20 years. As an evegreen perennial, this plant will typically keep its form and foliage year-round.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It prefers dry to average moisture levels with very well-drained soil, and will often die in standing water. It is considered to be drought-tolerant, and thus makes an ideal choice for a low-water garden or xeriscape application. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in sandy soils. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division.

Molded Wax Echeveria is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers and foliage against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Massing  Rock  Garden  Container 
Flowers  Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features