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Nandina domestica 'Monfar'

Family: Berberidaceae (bear-ber-id-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Nandina (nan-DEE-nuh) (Info)
Species: domestica (doh-MESS-tik-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Monfar
Additional cultivar information: (PP14693, CPBR pending; aka Firepower, Sienna Sunrise)
Hybridized by Farrow; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2002

3 vendors have this plant for sale.

9 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-12 in. (15-30 cm)
12-18 in. (30-45 cm)
18-24 in. (45-60 cm)
24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

24-36 in. (60-90 cm)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)
USDA Zone 10a: to -1.1 C (30 F)
USDA Zone 10b: to 1.7 C (35 F)
USDA Zone 11: above 4.5 C (40 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Grown for foliage

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is fire-retardant
Provides winter interest

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From softwood cuttings
By simple layering
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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9 positives
1 neutral
2 negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive jpaczkowski0 On Feb 14, 2011, jpaczkowski0 from Houston, TX wrote:

Absolutely love the Fire Power Nandina! They get about 2x2' only and they do not set fruit. They stay very compact and don't need any pruning. I have them planted all over my front and backyard, in shade and full sun. They have performed well in wet and dry soil conditions. I just don't have a single complaint about these plants. Mine got through the cold nights and the frosts without a single issue. Even though our winters here in Houston are very short, I found that the nandinas in full sun during the cold weather, will change colors the most. They go back to being almost a chartreuse green in the warmer days. Highly recommend you go to the nursery while it is cold out to take a look at these Nandinas before you purchase, to make sure you like the colorations. I love the colors and the delicate leaves. They look great planted with almost anything, but for maximum show, plant with yellow, white or cream flowers. In the shade, I have mine planted with giant liriope, holly ferns, and yellow-flowering columbine. In the sun I have them planted with my roses!

Positive tracyb433 On Oct 21, 2010, tracyb433 from Winter Haven, FL wrote:

Have had these as foundation plants in Winter Haven, FL for almost ten years now. Very drought tolerant, sometimes it gets cold enough to get a lot of red, but usually vibrant green in summer with new growth and splotchy red green in winter. But i love them. They are one of the easiest growing/care plant I have in my yard. All 5 survived and are now in varying heights of 2-3 ft. Will be buying more next time they are around. Mine was described and labeled Nandina fire power. Hardly ever water them.

Negative Jazznart On Mar 22, 2010, Jazznart from New York City, NY (Zone 7b) wrote:

A beautiful plant grown in a pot at my Brooklyn (zone 7)doorstep for its purported winter interest. Sadly it died with the first frost. I plan to try it once more in my garden where the buried roots may survive the insulating effect of being surrounded by a lot more soil than is contained in a pot.

Positive trackinsand On Jan 23, 2010, trackinsand from mid central, FL (Zone 9a) wrote:

i like this plant. it colors up very nicely in winter (the colder the better) and is evergreen. it takes about a year before it loses that frail, spindly look and then it starts to thicken up.
i think that several of the pictures listed here as 'Fire Power' are wrong. there are a decent amount of cultivars available and i think some people are confusing them with this one. this cultivar is not airy or lacy but rather bushy and the leaves are smaller and wider than some shown.

Positive rwayne24 On Aug 19, 2009, rwayne24 from Yorktown, VA wrote:

The beauty of these plants is that they are not of uniform color and bring with the changing of the seasons new colors upon which to gaze.

Around Christmas time in my area they look as if they're red decorations lining the walkway.

A most versitle plant.

Positive WaterCan2 On Sep 8, 2007, WaterCan2 from Eastern Long Island, NY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Excellent plant for Bonsai, I found them to be resilient despite their frail looks. Loves humidity and shade. I believe it is also called "Woods Dwarf".

Positive Suze_ On Apr 2, 2006, Suze_ from (Zone 7b) wrote:

Nice little evergreen shrub for warm climates. Turns a vivid reddish color in the fall and winter.

Positive zechickadee On Dec 9, 2005, zechickadee from Philadelphia, PA wrote:

Gracefully arching, especially lovely when grouped with other plants or in walkways or doorways. Commendable for its leafy, evergreen presence in winter, with berries forming early in fall in Zone 6 and lasting well into spring. Red shoots a bonus!

Negative Magwar On Apr 6, 2005, Magwar from Royston, GA (Zone 7b) wrote:

Very frail looking, still haven't been able to get this plant to thrive very well.

Neutral Dodsky On Sep 9, 2004, Dodsky from Smiths Grove, KY (Zone 6b) wrote:

While 'Firepower' does grow fairly well once established and it forms a nicely rounded small bush, its overall coloration is not very pleasing in my opinion. Its chartreuse coloration with mottled pink, red, and washed out greens makes the plants I have look like they've been hit with some sort of chemical burn. The curled leaves only add to the unappealing appearance of this plant. The only time the plants look good are when the leaves first leaf out. My plants are over four years old and are quite healthy, but the coloration and overall appearance are not what I hoped they'd be. I'm probably going to dig them up and replace them this fall with something with a lot more visual appeal.

Positive GVF On Jul 11, 2004, GVF from San Francisco, CA wrote:

This is a lovely plant that can become tall, elegant, and balanced. The firepower ( see photos) has required little care besides pruning of offshoots and berries, some loose restraint mostly for wind control ( wide rings and spirals attached to stakes), twice-weekly watering, and about bimonthly light feeding. And it's about 7 ft tall.....I think there may be much discrepancy among specimens, as my plant does not look at all like the "mottled" bush others seem to indicate by pictures or notes, and no leaves are curled.

Positive ZaksGarden On May 6, 2004, ZaksGarden from Winston Salem, NC wrote:

This plant makes a lovely border for walkways, sidewalks, and ever driveways. I have 4 and I absolutely love them, the new life comes out as a light green and slowly turns into more red. I would reccommend this plant to anyone looking for a decent sized hedge plant that has a unique color and contrast with other plants.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Daphne, Alabama
Smiths, Alabama
Bootjack, California
Crockett, California
Hidden Meadows, California
Lakewood, California
Perris, California
San Francisco, California
San Jose, California
Bradley, Florida
Brooksville, Florida
Deltona, Florida
Lecanto, Florida
Umatilla, Florida
Winter Haven, Florida (2 reports)
Colbert, Georgia
Hinesville, Georgia
Royston, Georgia
Savannah, Georgia
Highland, Illinois
Slidell, Louisiana
Bel Air, Maryland
Laurel, Maryland
Valley Lee, Maryland
Ludington, Michigan
Brandon, Mississippi
Carson City, Nevada
Asheboro, North Carolina
Belmont, North Carolina
Elizabeth City, North Carolina (2 reports)
Lenoir, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Seagrove, North Carolina
Winston Salem, North Carolina
Dayton, Ohio
Jenks, Oklahoma
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Beaverton, Oregon
Portland, Oregon
Drexel Hill, Pennsylvania
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Morrisville, Pennsylvania
Norristown, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Conway, South Carolina
Pendleton, South Carolina
Germantown, Tennessee
Lafayette, Tennessee
Dallas, Texas
El Paso, Texas
Emory, Texas
Fort Worth, Texas (2 reports)
Fredericksburg, Texas
Houston, Texas (3 reports)
Mission, Texas
Missouri City, Texas
Murchison, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
Rowlett, Texas
San Antonio, Texas
Portsmouth, Virginia
Yorktown, Virginia
Seattle, Washington
Wauna, Washington
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia

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