How Succulents Saved Our Home from a Wildfire

succulents fire protection How Succulents Saved Our Home from a Wildfire
Brush fires are always a concern in communities where homes are built deep into natural habitats such as the hills surrounding Los Angeles. These areas have been plagued by fire within recent years and recently we heard that planting succulents can serve as first line of defense against a fast spreading wildfire.
This homeowner in San Diego claims that succulents did indeed save her home from fire.
According to this article, “succulents have soared in popularity recently because they’re drought-tolerant, easy-care and just plain cool to look at, and now there’s another compelling reason to grow them: They’re fire-retardant. During last month’s wildfires, succulents — which by definition store water in plump leaves and stems — apparently stopped a blaze in its tracks.”


Here are some photos of the succulents post fire. They’ve wilted but the house remains intact.
succulents jade How Succulents Saved Our Home from a Wildfire
succulents aloe How Succulents Saved Our Home from a Wildfire
Eddie Villavicencio, deputy fire marshal for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, affirms that succulents are fire-retardant, especially jade and cactus. An exception are “certain ice plants, which if not well-maintained can be flammable underneath.”
His department, which also monitors erosion control, cautions against planting trailing ground covers such as Hottentot fig (Carpobrotus edulis) atop steep slopes; its moisture-filled leaves are heavy and roots too shallow to hold the soil.
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Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.
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