Plant Vinca for the Summer: All About Cora® XDR

Summer is on its way and the Texas sun is already preparing us with beautiful sunshine and longer days. Now more than ever, we are ready for a relaxing and colorful season. We welcome the warmth as it encompasses and soothes our souls. This summer, let’s embrace the season with the same child-like excitement we felt as kids. Let’s take the first step and adorn our spaces with gorgeous colors. Bring home the magic of the season with lasting blooms like Cora® XDR. Cora® XDR is a new and improved Vinca variety, known for being tough, bold, and beautiful. Read our blog to learn more about Cora® XDR plants, get artistic with a FREE family activity, and explore the benefits of planting Cora® XDR for a fun and colorful summer.

Cora XDR(R) Vinca is a stunning plant that has become a popular choice for gardeners due to its vibrant colors and durability. This vinca plant, also known as Cora Vinca, boasts a range of colors, including red, pink, white, and purple. Cora Vinca flowers are known for their large blooms that last throughout the summer season. These plants are easy to care for and require minimal maintenance, making them a great choice for both novice and experienced gardeners. With proper Cora Vinca care, these plants can thrive and produce beautiful blooms. Whether you’re looking to add a pop of color to your garden or simply enjoy the beauty of these stunning flowers, Cora Vinca XDR is a great choice.


Vinca – The Perfect Flowers for Your Summer Garden



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Cora XDR® is part of the Catharanthus roseus species, also commonly known as Periwinkle. The XDR variety is a new and improved selection for your gardening success. Cora XDR® Vincas are easy to grow annuals with an upright mounding habit. They can grow to a height of 14-16 inches with a 18-20 inch spread. These beautiful blooms prefer full sun to provide a bright and colorful impact to your landscape.

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Vinca plants are native to Madagascar making their need for the summer heat perfect for a thriving Texas garden. Cora XDR® blooms are available in shades of pink, red, white, and lavender with glossy, green foliage. They are easily recognizable and well-known for their “eye” at the center of the bloom.


Cora XDR® are low-maintenance blooms perfect for borders, flowerbeds, and containers.




Cora XDR® Vincas have been deemed “the vincas that fight back”. They are tough with a higher resistance to disease, drought, and more. This plant has better genetics for an improved performance and durability, making it easier to adapt and thrive in our Texas climate.


Extra Disease Resistance

Cora XDR® plants are extra disease resistant! They offer season long color and survival due to its durability and resistance. Compared to other Periwinkle varieties, Cora XDR® is highly resistant to many of the toughest diseases and other environmental threats.



Easier to Grow

Cora XDR® has improved branching, uniformity, and abundance of blooms. Cora XDR® is tolerant to many conditions, making it easier to care for and grow.

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Higher Heat and Drought Tolerance

Cora XDR® plants love the sun because they originated from a hot and drier climate. They can easily adapt to our Texas gardens due to developing a higher tolerance to these harsher conditions. With the proper care, Cora XDR® will thrive throughout our Texas summer.

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Cora XDR® are known for their bright and unique coloring. Explore the many shades of Cora XDR® and see what color suits your landscape design best.


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Cora XDR® Strawberry is a bold bloom with matching pink eye. There are no color variations or gradients, but that doesn’t matter. This gorgeous, magenta bloom shines bright on its own.


Polka Dot

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Cora XDR® Polka Dot is a classic beauty. The clean, white blooms with bright pink center draw your eye in like a bull’s eye, especially against the glossy, dark green leaves.



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Cora XDR® Orchid contains purple blooms with a white center and yellow eye. The purple hue is bright and cheery to add a punch of color to your flowerbeds or containers.



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Cora XDR® Red is ravishing! The bright eye and deep red blooms speak to your soul. The warmth in the fiery hue is complimented by the cool, green foliage and will shine throughout the season.


Pink Halo

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Cora XDR® Pink Halo creates a gorgeous contrast of bright pink to bright white. This vibrant bloom will catch your eye with its beauty and will sparkle in your landscape.



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Cora XDR® White is like a breath of fresh air for your landscape. The cool and crisp white color is a refreshing addition to any flowerbed or container garden.


Want more color?

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To make gardening extra creative, do some coloring! Get the family involved and plant your Cora® XDR blooms together, and then relax and unwind with our FREE coloring page. Create blooms that are as crazy or as colorful as you want; or explore your inner artist and try to capture the hues of your favorite blooms.


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Get some snacks, turn on some music, and spend the afternoon being artistic and creative together. Coloring and using your imagination is a great way for you and your family to refresh and recharge. Take a break from the world and escape to your own moment in time with your family and nature.

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flower food

For lasting blooms and healthy plants, feeding your Cora XDR® Vincas is very important. Feed with Calloway’s Premium Flower Food as directed. Give your flowers that extra boost of power with our new Premium Flower Food! Great for all blooming flowers like Begonias, Cyclamen, Pansies, Petunias, Periwinkle, and more. Our 12-4-8 specialized formula contains nitrogen, Fx Iron®, phosphate, and other key ingredients to help your flowers bloom with big, bold color! Fx Iron® is an environmentally friendly source of iron. It helps keep your flowers blooming without staining concrete surfaces. Calloway’s Premium Flower Food can be used on new plantings, established beds, and hanging baskets.

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At Calloway’s and Cornelius, we want to make gardening easier for you with 3 ways to shop. Our open-air stores are here for you to enjoy, or you can call our store nearest you and place an order over the phone for Curbside Pickup! Plus, try shopping online! We are working diligently to add more inventory to our online stores for your gardening ease! When you shop online, you can select Curbside Pickup or use home delivery!

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Questions about plant care, availability, or quantities of plants? Call our store nearest you! Our Texas Certified Nursery Professionals are here to help with your planting needs!

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Let’s celebrate the season by spending time together in nature. Let’s embrace the magic of summer with colorful blooms and family memories! Share your colorful creations with us on our Facebook page or Instagram and use hashtag #CALLOWAYSNURSERY or #CORNELIUSNURSERY! We love to see what you create!




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