FIRE-RESISTANT PLANTS FOR HOMEOWNERS.
Proper hydration will keep any plant safer for fire. Using native plants will need less water and make it more cost effective.
Fire-resistant does not mean fireproof. Plants that are fire-resistant have the following characteristics:
• Leaves are moist and supple.
• Plants have little dead wood and tend not to accumulate dry, dead material within the plant.
• Sap is water-like and does not have a strong odor.
• Sap or resin materials are low. Most deciduous trees and shrubs are fire-resistant.
WHAT PLANTS SHOULD YOU CHOOSE.
The COREOPSIS PLANT is popular due to its tolerance to a wide variety of soil types, Its fire safe, making it the perfect addition to your landscape.
The ORNAMENTAL STRAWBERRY is a great ground cover plant. This fire resistant plan can be used to give a lush look to your landscape
The CALIFORNIA LILAC is the name of this colorful shrub. This fire resistant plant is drought tolerant and is covered with small pink and purple flowers when in bloom.
FRENCH LAVENDER is a fire resistant plant that thrives in dry growing conditions. This low-key plant will add beauty to your defensible space landscape.
This common landscape plant is a smart choice, the SOCIETY GARLIC is fire safe and grows in drought prone regions.
The deer resistant CALIFORNIA FUCHSIA has bright orange-red funnel-shaped flowers. This perennial is fire safe and needs little to no water once established.
Go to the links below for some excellent choices in firewise plantings.
SAGE is a low maintenance plant that provides fire resistance while being drought tolerant.
The CALIFORNIA REDBUD is the name of this colorful shrub. The fire resistant plant is drought tolerant and is covered with small pink and purple flowers when in bloom.
The fire resistant RED MONKEY FLOWER yields beautiful bright red blossoms. This evergreen shrub is also drought tolerant and a California native species.
Thank you to Ready for Wildfire for their plant suggestions.