5 great firefighting plants Creating the fire-safe landscape: what to plant and where to plant it Create a fire-smart landscape by playing a zone defense Read more about defensible landscaping Note: There’s no completely fireproof plant. But click ahead for four plants that can slow a fire if they’re watered and pruned regularly. Pinterest Fire-smart plants: Bearberry Arctostaphylos uva-ursi These mat-forming groundcovers have small green leaves that turn red in winter, and white to pinkish spring blooms. Sun to light shade. Sunset climate zones A1–A3; 1–9, 14–24 Fire-smart plants: lavender Lavandula dentata The plant’s leaves contain scented oils, but it’s slow to ignite if watered regularly. (It’s one of the few water-wise plants that’s also fire-wise.) Full sun. Zones 8, 9, 12–24. Fire-smart plants: monkey flower Mimulus Many of these narrow-leafed perennials are well adapted to the dry West. Some have orange blooms; others scarlet or bicolored. Full sun or part shade. Zones vary by species. Fire-smart plants: ice plant Delosperma Groundcovers with succulent leaves and daisylike flowers of bright pink (D. cooperi) or yellow (D. nubigenum). Sun or light afternoon shade in hottest climates. Zones 2–24.