Landscaping with Fire-Resistant Succulents

Landscaping with Fire-Resistant Succulents After our recent fires here in North County San Diego, I thought I’d mention something we have been aware of for some time! Succulents help protect our homes from surrounding brush fires. We were watching the horrific fires, evacuation notices and devastation on the news. At times like that we wonder if there is anything at all we can do as homeowners to protect our homes. The answer is YES!

With warmer temperatures, and drier brush and landscapes comes the threat of fire. In our rural hillside communities it is especially important to take some precautions. We have no control over gusting winds and harsh, dry conditions, but there is something extra we can do. Getting brush trimmed down and away from structures helps, but there is also an “out of the box” approach that is exciting, and beautiful! Using our list below, these succulents planted in drifts and masses creates a “wall of water” to help protect your home from fire.

Succulent shrubs and cactus store water in their leaves, stems and roots making them a juicy, fire retardant barrier in your landscape. If used on outer slopes and perimeters, as well as being integrated into your landscape they become a “living safety shield” as an added protection against fire. Not only are they fire safe, and drought tolerant, but they can be planted to create a unique, lush, and picturesque landscape addition.

We have a large assortment to choose from, but I must warn you, they may be addicting. Once you begin the process of choosing, you’ll find that combining varieties and colors are much like painting a picture, or making a quilt. You might just find them irresistible, as well as practical!

If you would like some assistance, we offer Design Services and Shipping as well. Here is our “Fire Safe” list to get you started:

  • Agave attenuata
  • Senecio amaniensis
  • Agave franzosinii
  • Senecio vitalis
  • Aloe arborescens
  • Crassula arborescens
  • Aloe ciliaris ‘Firewall’
  • Crassula argentea
  • Aloe dawei
  • Euphorbia mauritanica
  • Aloe grenadensis
  • Portulacaria afra
  • Aloe striata hybrid
  • Cotyledon ‘Chalk Fingers’
  • Cotyledon ‘Long Fingers’