In an area prone to forest fires, it is important to landscape using fire-resistant plants. Fire-resistant plants share certain traits, like having moist leaves, not having much dead material and having sap that is like water. In addition to choosing the appropriate plant, proper maintenance is important. Dead growth, such as twigs and spent flowers should be removed. In addition, plants should be adequately watered so they are not dried out and burn easily.
Red Hot Poker
Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia uvaria) grows up to 60 inches tall and is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 5 to 9. The red and yellow flowers bloom on a tall stalk. The flower cluster consists of many dangling flowers. The flower clusters fade from the bottom up with age, resulting in a two toned cluster. Red Hot Pokers like full sun and well-drained soil.
The Gazania (Gazania ringens) is also known as the Treasure Flower. Gazanias grow up to 1.5 feet tall. This plant produces brightly colored flowers that are often two-tone and attract butterflies. The flower colors include red, orange, pink, white and yellow and they close at night. The Gazania likes dry soil and prefers full sun---and tolerates high heat and salt.
The Yarrow (Achillea millefolium) is hardy in USDA hardiness zones 3 to 10. This perennial grows to 2 feet and produces pink, white or red flowers in clusters. The foliage is fern-like. Often the flowers are used in cut flower arrangements. Yarrow prefers full sun. Deadhead the flowers to prolong the blooming period. If left unmaintained, this plant can become a weed.