NAFRAY ® - A mid-sized native grass with foxtail flowers in autumn, Australian online nursery - The Plant Hub

NAFRAY ® - A mid-sized native grass with foxtail flowers in autumn

Nafray is a beautiful mid-sized grass with green foliage and masses of foxtail-like flowers held just above the foliage from late summer to autumn. Nafray is a great grass for damp areas in the garden; for this reason, they are often called Swamp Foxtail Grass.

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Pennisetum alopecuroides 'PA300'

Nafray is a grass native to Australia and shouldn’t be confused with the South African variety called Foxtail Grass (Pennisetum setaceum), which is a declared a noxious weed in NSW. Although Nafray has a viable seed, it isn’t classed as invasive. Saying this, we have had some customers in Queensland, Northern NSW, and Newcastle inform us that they have had Nafray self-seed in their garden. With the advent of climate change, this could begin to occur in more southern climates as well. We mention this not to scare gardeners but to make you aware that there have been known instances of self-seeding. One way to prevent this is to cut the flower heads off before setting seeds in late autumn.

Height & Width

90cm tall X 90cm wide


Full sun to part shade

Soil Type

Best in moist garden soils or an irrigated garden during dry months of summer


Trim back the foliage by half at the end of winter and when all frost have gone.

Flowers and Fruit

Flowers in autumn with purplish to cream coloured foxtail like flowers heads

Mulch Type

We recommend planting in a mulched garden to hold moisture in and keep the soil cool from summer heat.

Planting Rates

3 to 5 Plants per square metre

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