Fire Resistant Plants

Fire Safe PlantsChoosing Fire-Resistant Plants

  • Use this list as a reference for fire resistant plants suitable for Marin's climate and soils.
  • There are no “fire-proof” plants!  Even the most resistant plants must be maintained in good health, properly irrigated, and free of dead material, dry twigs, or fallen leaves and needles.
  • Select fire-resistant hedge plants for screening, which may help catch wind-blown embers if properly spaced and maintained.
  • Plant hardwood trees from this list that are less flammable than conifers like pine and fir.
  • Use proper spacing between plants to slow the spread of fire.  More space is required on slopes.

 

Hen and Chicks

Echeveria spp.
  • Hen and Chicks
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

India Hawthorn

Rhapiolepis spp.
  • India Hawthorn
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Iris

Iris spp.
  • Iris
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Island Alum Root

Heuchera maxima
  • Island Alum Root
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Ivy Geranium

Pelargonium peltatum
  • Ivy Geranium
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Jojoba

Simmondsia chinensis
  • Jojoba
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

  • Lady Banks' Rose
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Lamb's Ears

Stachys byzantina
  • Lamb's Ears
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Lantana

Lantana montevidensis
  • Lantana
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Lavender

Lavandula spp.
  • Lavender
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Lavender Cotton

Lavender Cotton

Santolina chamaecyparissus

Fragrant, dense mound with attractive grayish-silver foliage. Displays small, bright yellow flowers in summer. Attractive groundcover or edging for walks or borders. Good foreground for herb garden. Drought tolerant when established. Evergreen.

  • Lavender Cotton
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No
  • Lavender Cotton

Lemonade Berry

Rhus integrifolia
  • Lemonade Berry
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Lily-of-the-Nile

Agapanthus spp.
  • Lily-of-the-Nile
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Lizardtail

Eriophyllum stachaedifolium
  • Lizardtail
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Lupine

Lupinus spp.
  • Lupine
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

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