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Drought tolerant, low growing and is fire retardant?

What is drought tolerant, low growing and is fire retardant?

A broad question
Ceanothus maritimus in foreground, Salvia Pt. Sal in background, and Baccharis Pigeon Point  in the rest of the picture. This ground cover has been in place for 30 years. It gets mowed to the ground about every 10 years and has had no water except at planting. - grid24_6
Baccharis pilularis pilularis, Pigeon Point, Dwarf Coyote Brush will survive in most of the populated areas of California with no additional water. In inland area or rural areas it would like a wash down every week. Coyote bush doesn't tolerate dust well and it like summer fog, which you can provide by using overhead sprinklers on it once a week.
Ceanothus gloriosus porrectus, Mt. Vision Ceanothus in flower. - grid24_6
Ceanothus gloriosus porrectus, Mt. Vision Ceanothus is drought tolerant in the coastal areas. Inland it will need part shade and once per week water. The deer do not seem to care for it and none of the Ceanothus seem to burn when torched.
Yerba Buena, Satureja douglasii is a beautiful flat green ground cover that smells good and some use as tea. - grid24_6
Satureja douglasii, Yerba Buena and Satureja chandleri, Shrubby Yerba Buena both look like delicate little groundcovers but grow in the shade of oak trees up and down Central Coastal California. As you go north they grew throughout the Bay Area in full sun. The deer have never touched either of them on any site. Be the first!
Salvia sonomensis in flower. The foliage is green in moist years, gray in dry years. - grid24_6
Salvia sonomensis, Creeping Sage and many of it's hybrids.
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