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Plant list - Fire Resistant Plants

Choosing plants to grow close to homes in fire-prone areas should be a process that takes flammability into account. Many Australian plants are adapted to being burnt as part of their reproductive strategies, and these plants, such as Eucalypts and Banksias, should not be planted close to houses in fire areas.

The list of fire-resistant and fire-retardant plants given below has been developed from various sources, including the NRM South plants lists for southern Tasmanian municipalities. The Tasmanian Fire Service also has a list of native and exotic plants to use. Other sources include information from the Australian Plants Society in NSW and Victoria. When planning your garden it is recommended that you read these information sheets to get more ideas. If you have any comments do not hesitate to contact the nursery.

A suggestion from Neil Marriott: When fire restrictions permit burning off, throw a small sample of foliage from each one onto a fire and see how much it flares up. Consider removing plants with foliage that flares fiercely.


Click on the species name to go to the listing for the plant in the main alphabetical catalogue.

The main alphabetical catalogue has cultivation details, prices, and a link to photos of each species.

Acacia mearnsii     Black wattle
Acacia melanoxylon     Blackwood Large
Acacia sophorae     Coast Wattle
Acacia terminalis     Sunshine Wattle
Atriplex cinerea     Coast Salt Bush
Atriplex paludosa     Marsh Salt Bush
Bursaria spinosa     Prickly Box
Carpobrotus rossii     Pigface
Coprosma hirtella     Coffee Berry
Correa alba     White Correa
Correa lawrenceana     Mountain Correa
Correa reflexa     Common Correa
Cyathea australis     Rough Treefern
Derwentia derwentiana     Derwent Speedwell
Dianella tasmanica     Tasman Flax Lily
Dianella brevicaulis     Short-stem Flax Lily
Dichondra repens     Kidney Weed
Disphyma crassifolium     Small Leaved Pigface
Einadia nutans     Climbing Saltbush
Elaeocarpus reticulatus     Blueberry Ash
Lasiopetalum macrophyllum     Shrubby Velvet Bush
Pelargonium australe     Southern Storksbill
Pomaderris apetala     Dogwood
Rhagodia candolleana     Seaberry Saltbush
Scaevola hookeri     Creeping Fan
Scleranthus biflorus     Cushion Plant
Solanum laciniatum     Kangaroo Apple
Tetragonia implexicoma     Bower Spinach
Viola hederacea     Native Violet

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