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.

 

  • Red Hot Poker (Torch Lily)
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Red Yucca

Hesperaloe parviflora
  • Red Yucca
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Red-osier Dogwood

Cornus stolonifera
  • Red-osier Dogwood
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Rhododendron/Azalea

Rhododendron spp.
  • Rhododendron/Azalea
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Rhododendrons and Azaleas

Rhododendron (Azalea) spp.
  • Rhododendrons and Azaleas
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Rose of Sharon

Hibiscus syriacus
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Rosea Ice Plant

Drosanthemum spp.
  • Rosea Ice Plant
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Russian Olive

Elaeagus angusifolia
  • Russian Olive
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Silverberry

Elaeagus pungens
  • Silverberry
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Snow-in-Summer

Cerastium tomentosum
  • Snow-in-Summer
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Society Garlic

Tulbaghia violocea
  • Society Garlic
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Star Jasmine

Trachelospermum jasminoides
  • Star Jasmine
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Star Lily

Toxicoscordion [Zigadenus] fremontii
  • Star Lily
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

  • Stonecrop
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

  • Strawberry Tree
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

  • Strawberry Tree
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Sword Fern

Polystichum munitum
  • Sword Fern
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Tropical Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis
  • Tropical Hibiscus
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Viburnum

Viburnum tinus
  • Viburnum
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Victorian Box

Pittosporum undulatum
  • Victorian Box
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Wallflower

Erysimum linifolium
  • Wallflower
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Washington Thorn

Crateagus phaenopyrum
  • Washington Thorn
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

  • Western Bleeding Heart
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Western Columbine

Aquilegia formosa
  • Western Columbine
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Western Redbud

Cercis occidentalis
  • Western Redbud
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

  • White Trailing Iceplant
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Wild Aster

Symphiotrichum [Aster] chilensis
  • Wild Aster
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Wild Buckwheat

Eriogonum spp.
  • Wild Buckwheat
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Wild Ginger

Asarum caudatum
  • Wild Ginger
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Winter Creeper

Eounymus Fortunei coloratus
  • Winter Creeper
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Wood Strawberry

Fragaria vesca
  • Wood Strawberry
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Woolly Yarrow

Achillea tomentosa
  • Woolly Yarrow
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Xylosma

Xylosma congestum
  • Xylosma
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: No

Yarrow

Achillea millefolium
  • Yarrow
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Yellow-eyed Grass

Sisyrinchium californicum
  • Yellow-eyed Grass
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Yerba Buena

Clinopodium [Satureja] douglasii
  • Yerba Buena
  • Recommendation: Prefer
  • Fire Resistance: Very Good
  • Native: Yes

Yucca

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

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