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.

 

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

Escallonia

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

Evergreen Candytuft

Iberis sempervirens
  • Evergreen Candytuft
  • 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

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