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.

 

Cherry Laurel

Cherry Laurel

Prunus caroliniana
  • Cherry Laurel
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No
  • Cherry Laurel

Chinese Pistache

Pistacia chinensis
  • Chinese Pistache
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Citrus

Citrus species
  • Citrus
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Citrus

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

Coastal Wild Gum

Grindelia stricta, camporum
  • Coastal Wild Gum
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Common Lippia

Phyla nodiflora
  • Common Lippia
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Common Thrift

Armeria maritima
  • Common Thrift
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Coral Bells

Heuchera micrantha
  • Coral Bells
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Coreopsis

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

  • Cornelian Cherry, Sorbet
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Cotyledon

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

Coyote Mint

Monardella villosa
  • Coyote Mint
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Crassula

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

  • Creeping Coprosma
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Creeping Mahonia

Berberis [Mahonia] aquifolium var. repens
  • Creeping Mahonia
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

  • Creeping Red Fescue
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes
  • Creeping Red Fescue

Creeping Snowberry

Symphoricarpos mollis
  • Creeping Snowberry
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Creeping Thyme

Thymus praecox arcticus
  • Creeping Thyme
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Daylily

Hemerocallis hybrids
  • Daylily
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Douglas Iris

Iris douglasiana
  • Douglas Iris
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

  • Dudleya or Cliff Lettuce
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Dusty Miller

Centaurea cineraria
  • Dusty Miller
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Elephant's Foot

Portulacaria afra "Variegata"
  • Elephant's Foot
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

English Laurel

Prunus laurocerasus
  • English Laurel
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Escallonia

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

Escallonia

Escallonia rubra
  • Escallonia
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Eugenia

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

Euonymus

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

Evergreen Candytuft

Iberis sempervirens
  • Evergreen Candytuft
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Evergreen Pear

Pyrus kawakamii
  • Evergreen Pear
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Fern Pine

Plalocarpus gracilior
  • Fern Pine
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Foothill Wallflower

Erysimum capitatum
  • Foothill Wallflower
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

  • Fortnight Lily
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Giant Turf Lily

Liriope gigantea
  • Giant Turf Lily
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Golden Yarrow

Eriophyllum confertiforum
  • Golden Yarrow
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Grass Nut

Triteleia [Brodiaea] laxa
  • Grass Nut
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

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

Ground Iris

Iris macrosiphon
  • Ground Iris
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Hen and Chicks

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

  • Hoineysuckle Bush
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

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