Rum Punch


Denomination: 'Rum Punch'
Botanical Name: Coreopsis
Applicant/Holder: The Ivy Farm
P.O. Box 116
22511 Rose Cottage Road
Locustville, Virginia
United States of America
Breeder: Richard Davis, The Ivy Farm, Locustville, United States of America
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2007-03-28
Application Number: 07-5801
Grant of Rights Date: 2008-08-29
Certificate Number: 3342
Date rights surrendered: 2013-09-24

Variety Description

Variety used for comparison: 'Limerock Dream'

Summary: The plants of the variety 'Rum Punch' have an upright, bushy growth habit, whereas 'Limerock Dream' plants are upright but with a very open habit. 'Rum Punch' has narrower plants than 'Limerock Dream'. There is a moderate amount of anthocyanin colouration on the stem nodes of 'Rum Punch', compared with 'Limerock Dream' which has very weak or no stem anthocyanin. The upper side of the ray floret of 'Rum Punch' has moderate pubescence in longitudinal stripes, while 'Limerock Dream has very sparse or no pubescence on the ray floret.


PLANT: upright bushy, very dense branching
STEM: medium green, medium anthocyanin colouration (at nodes), very sparse pubescence, thin, smooth

LEAF BLADE: linear, acute apex, attenuate base, entire margin, very sparse pubescence (only along margins on upper and lower side), very weak glaucosity, medium green, no petiole

PEDUNCLE: absent or very weak anthocyanin colouration, absent or very sparse pubescence
FLOWER HEAD: erect, few ray florets (8)
RAY FLORET: touching, weak longitudinal curvature, three lobed at apex, no recurvature at tip, medium pubescence on lower side (in longitudinal stripes), obovate shape, light yellow brown to yellow with purple red streaks, fading to yellow
DISC: present

Origin & Breeding History: The variety 'Rum Punch' was discovered in the summer of 2003, as a chance seedling in a container nursery garden in Locustville, Virginia. The new variety was selected based on criteria for flower colour, compact mounding habit, free flowering and excellent vigour. The origin of the seedling was unknown.

Tests & Trials: Trials for 'Rum Punch' were conducted in a polyhouse during the summer of 2007 at St. Thomas, Ontario. The trial included 15 plants of the candidate and reference varieties. All plants were grown from rooted cuttings planted into 6.4 cm pots and transplanted into 11.4 cm pots on May 28, 2007. Observations and measurements were taken from 10 plants of each variety on August 14, 2007. All colour determinations were made using the 2001 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

Comparison tables for 'Rum Punch' with reference variety 'Limerock Dream'

Plant width (cm)

  'Rum Punch' 'Limerock Dream'
mean 27.7 45.0
std. deviation 1.91 5.70

Leaf blade length (cm)

  'Rum Punch' 'Limerock Dream'
mean 3.6 4.9
std. deviation 0.26 0.61

Colour of ray floret (RHS)

  'Rum Punch' 'Limerock Dream'
upper side 163B/14B with streaks of 60B 163B/14B with streaks of 60B
lower side 161B with streaks of 170C 162B with streaks of 185D at apex

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Rum Punch
Coreopsis: 'Rum Punch' (left) with reference variety 'Limerock Dream' (right)

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Rum Punch
Coreopsis: 'Rum Punch' (left) with reference variety 'Limerock Dream' (right)

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