Family: Poaceae

Scientific Name: Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea Windspeil

Common Name: Windspiel Purple Moor Grass


Windspeil Purple Moor grass (Molinia caerulea ssp. arundinacea) grows from a mound of foliage that turns brilliant yellow-gold in the fall.  A tall plant growing over 6 feet tall.

Plant TypePerennials Hardy, Grass Ornamental
Hardiness Zone5
Moistureaverage, moist
Soil & Siteaverage, moist
Temperaturecool season
Leavesgreen during the growing season, tan to yellow in the fall
Dimensions15-20 inch mound of foliage, 6-7 feet flower stalks
Maintenancecut down in the fall or allow to remain over winter for added interest in the landscape
Native SiteSpecies plants native to moist, sunny open habits including moors, bogs, fens, mountain grasslands, and lake shores. Native region is temperate Europe. (#222)
Misc FactsGenus name honors Juan Ignacio Molina (1740-1829), Jesuit historian, writer on the civil and natural history of Chile. The genus from Latin meaning blue. The cultivar name is German for wind’s game. aka Winds Game
Notes & Reference#222-The Encyclopedia of Grasses for Livable Landscapes (Rick Darke)
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