What Are Fire-Resistant Plants?

Fire-resistant plants are plants that have a higher capacity to withstand heat associated with fire and are, therefore, less likely to be ignited by flame or other ignition sources. Fire resistant plants' foliage and stems will not contribute significantly to the fire's intensity.

Keep in mind that fire-resistant plants are not fireproof and can be damaged by fire. In general, fire-resistive plant characteristics include:
  • Supple and moist leaves
  • Water-like sap (usually the sap will not have a strong scent)
  • Thicker bark
  • High moisture content
  • Low resin content

Surrounding your home with fire-resistant plants won't guarantee your home's safety, but it will decrease the risk. Another advantage is the fact that a garden filled with fire-resistant plants will grow back looking good even should the worst happen.

Good placement of fire-resistant plants will help protect your home by blocking intense heat. Plant the most drought tolerant and fire-resistant plants closes to the house within about three feet.
Fire-Resistant Plant Types

There is a wide array of plants and trees to choose for your landscape that are both attractive and fire-resistant.
Grasses, groundcovers, vines, perennials and annuals
African Daisy, Black-Eyed Susan, Iris, Ivy, Thyme, Yucca, Poppy, Lavender, Red Hot Poker, Clematis, Coral Bells.
Trees & Shrubs
Oleander, Lilac, Jasmine, Poplar, Oak, Plum, Peach, Maple, Elm, Ash, Birch, Cherry


 

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