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Fire Resistant Plants for Your Garden

Monkey Flower
Monkey Flower

Endorsed by San Diego County and the Los Angeles and Orange County fire departments, monkey flowers don’t burn in continued flames. Popular for their funny face-flowers that look like grinning monkeys, many varieties are drought-tolerant, deer-resistant and bloom profusely. 

Oak Trees
Oak Trees

Oaks have been found to both suppress the spread of fire and regenerate well after damage occurs. In addition, they create a shady escape from the sun’s rays and are an important resource for wildlife. Oaks can grow 15- to 40-feet high and 20-feet wide, so allow plenty of room for a mature tree.

Snowberry
Snowberry

Vigorous, deep roots make snowberry fire-resistant and perfect for planting on slopes and banks. This quick growing, low-maintenance shrub has an arching, upright manner, produces small pink flowers in summer and feeds birds in winter.

Pacific Rhododendron
Pacific Rhododendron

The leathery, round, dark-green leaves of the Pacific rhododendron make it both a popular landscape choice and fire-resistant. It prefers acidic soils and part shade and is deer-resistant.

Agave
Agave

Agaves are great fire-smart plants because of their fleshy, water-retaining leaves. Their unique shapes make them perfect candidates for contemporary gardens. They grow in most types of soil as long as they have good drainage.

TIP: Avoid plants with needles, sap or papery bark such as upright juniper and dry bark mulch. When planting, leave 100 feet of defensible space around the home.