Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® Hydrangea brings a never-before-seen color to the species, with large mop-head flowers in a deep mauve-violet. The compact habit and sturdy stems keep this selection upright, reducing the need for staking. If you struggle with the cold hardiness of Hydrangea macrophylla cultivars, this shrub is an excellent alternative!
Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® Hydrangea is a heavy flowering shrub that’s great where sunlight is less than ideal. Use it as a shrub border, as a component of foundation plantings, or to create an informal hedge. This shrub makes an excellent statement in sites where a splash of violet is needed.
The flower heads of Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® Hydrangea are not especially attractive to pollinators, especially when sited in shaded environments. For a hydrangea that will attract butterflies, consider using one that has more lacecap flowers like Quickfire® Hydrangea or Twist-n-Shout® Hydrangea.
Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® Hydrangea should receive annual Heading Cuts in spring once established. Remove a third of the plant with each pruning, cutting back to a lateral bud. If the plant is overgrowing its space, you can use Rejuvenative Pruning to maintain its compact habit.
This shrub is a rebloomer and does not require deadheading to encourage a second flush of flowers. However, spent flowers can be removed if you do not like their appearance.
Like all hydrangeas, Invincibelle Mini Mauvette ® Hydrangea has shallow roots and does well with a maintained mulch layer in its bed. Stone mulch or shallow bark mulch will not protect these roots and make the plant more susceptible to injury. In periods of low rainfall, this shrub should receive supplemental watering to avoid scorch/scald when sited in full sun.
Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® Hydrangea has no serious insect or disease issues. In highly alkaline soils the leaves may develop chlorosis, but the plant is adaptable to a wide range of soil pH and texture. In periods of drought, the leaves may drop if the shrub is not given supplemental watering.
Occasionally, the shrub may develop bud blight, wilt, leaf spot, rust, or powdery mildew. These issues are usually minor and often resolve within a year. If foliar diseases are problematic, you can prune the affected stems. Make sure you dispose of cuttings away from the plant to avoid reinfection.
Aphids, mites, and scale are also known to attack the plant. While these pests are not of major concern, heavy infestations can reduce plant vigor. Aphids and mites can be treated with an insecticidal soap that kills the insects on contact. Scale insects should be managed using a dormant oil that will suffocate the juvenile insects when they are active.
Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® Hydrangea is a new cultivar selected for its purple flowers- a first for the species. It is an excellent substitute for Hydrangea macrophylla cultivars where winter hardiness is troublesome. Unlike H. macrophylla cultivars, this shrub is not dependent on soil pH for flower color and will reliably produce mauve-violet blooms throughout the season. The stems are sturdiest in full sun, but be sure to provide supplemental moisture in periods of drought.
Invincebelle Mini Mauvette® Hydrangea is a selection of Hydrangea arborescens, a species native to the eastern and southern United States. It is known by the common names Smooth Hydrangea, Wild Hydrangea, and Sevenbark, which comes from the shrub’s exfoliating bark. In the wild, Sevenbark is found on wooded slopes or streambanks. Occasionally the shrub can grow to a height of 10 feet in its native range.
With its rich, profuse blooms, Invincibelle Mini Mauvette® Hydrangea makes a bold statement when paired with plants of different colors and textures. For sunny locations, use Little Devil™ Ninebark or Ames St. John’s Wort to vary leaf texture. In shade, plant with Jewell Bush-honeysuckle or Fritsch Spirea to make this shrub pop!