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Using Fire Resistive Plants

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One way to protect against fire is to use fire resistive plants. Here's a list of some gardening and plant tips to consider during your next trip to the Garden Supply store.

Herbaceous Perrennials

If irrigated, these plants can slow a fire.

  • African daisy, 0. fruticosum
  • Cape weed, A. calendula
  • Carpet bugle, A. reptans
  • Caucasian sage brush, A. caucasica
  • Ivy geranium, P. peltatum
  • Lippia, P. nodiflora
  • Myoporum, Mp. prostratum
  • Periwinkle, myrtle, V major, minor
  • Salt brush, A. semibaccata
  • Santolina, S. virens
  • Thyme, T. pseudolanuginosus
  • Trailing gazania, Gr. leucolaena
  • Wild strawberry, F. chiloensis
  • Wooly yarrow, A. tomentosa


These plants have the greatest fire retardence and also have the benefit of being drought tolerant as well.

  • Croceum ice plant, M. crocea
  • Hottentot fig, C edulis
  • Rosea ice plant, D. hispidum
  • Stonecrops, Sedum species
  • White trailing ice plant, D. alba


Highly flammable trees should never be planted in high fire danger areas. Avoid pines and junipers.

Woody Ground Covers

If irrigated, they burn more slowly than wild chaparral. Deep roots help stabilize steepest slopes.

  • Aaron's beard, H. calycinum
  • Algerian ivy, H. canariensis
  • Bearberry, Manzanita, A. hookeri
  • Dwarf coyote brush, B. pilularis
  • Dwarf rosemary, R. offlcinalis
  • English ivy, H. helix
  • Natal palm, C. grandiflora
  • Sageleaf rockrose, C. salviifolius
  • Sunrose, H. nummularium
  • Trailing lantana, L. camara
  • Wild lilac, C. glohosus