Tickseed Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' (PBR) (Pie Series)

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Not edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
tickseed 'Pumpkin Pie'


Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie', part of the Pie Series, is a vibrant and eye-catching perennial that's a treat for any garden setting. The plant is known for its daisy-like flowers that exhibit a rich, warm color palette reminiscent of its namesake. Each flower presents a sunny yellow center that radiates outwards, transitioning into a burnt orange or russet tone towards the tips of the petals. This gradation gives the plant a delightful resemblance to a slice of pumpkin pie, complete with a dollop of whipped cream at the core. The foliage of Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' is equally attractive, forming a compact mound of slender, green leaves that offer a lush backdrop for the colorful blooms. The leaves are delicate and finely-textured, creating a soft, feathery appearance that adds to the plant's overall charm. This Coreopsis variety blooms profusely, with its showy flowers creating a blanket of warm hues that stand out beautifully against the greenery. Its repeated blooming cycle ensures that it remains a focal point in the garden throughout its flowering season. The profusion of flowers and the plant's bushy habit make this Coreopsis a cheerful and inviting presence in the landscape, perfect for borders, rock gardens, or as a standalone container specimen.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Tickseed, Calliopsis

    • Common names

      Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' (PBR) (Pie Series).

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      Tickseed is generally considered non-toxic to humans. It is not known for having any toxic properties that would lead to poisoning if ingested. Therefore, there are typically no symptoms associated with poisoning from this plant because it is not poisonous.

    • To pets

      Tickseed is also generally recognized as non-toxic to pets. It does not contain known toxic substances that could cause harm to pets if they ingest parts of the plant. Consequently, there is no expected toxicity or poisoning symptoms associated with pets ingesting Tickseed.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Spread

      1-2 feet (30-60 cm)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Attracts pollinators: The vibrant flowers of Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' are known to draw in bees and butterflies, aiding in the pollination of your garden.
    • Low maintenance: This hardy perennial requires minimal care once established, making it ideal for gardeners of all skill levels.
    • Drought-tolerant: Once established, it can tolerate periods of drought, reducing the need for frequent watering.
    • Long blooming period: The Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' has a lengthy flowering season, offering bright colors from summer to fall.
    • Easy to propagate: The plant can be easily propagated from seeds or by dividing the roots, allowing gardeners to expand their display or share with others.
    • Landscape versatility: It can be used in various garden settings, such as borders, rock gardens, and containers, adding versatility to landscape design.
    • Deer-resistant: Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' is generally not preferred by deer, making it a good choice for gardens in areas with deer populations.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Natural Fabric Dye: Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' flowers can be used as a natural dye for fabrics, imparting a range of orange and yellow hues to textiles.
    • Photography Prop: The vibrant flowers can serve as an appealing prop or background for close-up photography and botanical art.
    • Edible Decor: The petals of Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' are edible and can be used as a colorful garnish on salads and desserts for visual appeal.
    • Eco-Friendly Confetti: Dried and crumbled petals of the Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' can be used as a biodegradable confetti alternative for celebrations.
    • Craft Projects: Pressed flowers from the Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' can be incorporated into paper-making, card decoration, or scrapbooking for added texture and color.
    • Garden Themes: The plant can be used as part of a "pie-themed" garden, combining it with other plants that have dessert-inspired names.
    • Floral Water: The blooms can be steeped in water to create a lightly scented floral water for room sprays or for use in homemade beauty products.
    • Bookmark Creation: Pressed Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' flowers can be laminated into bookmarks, offering a durable and unique way to mark pages in books.
    • Insectary Plant: The plant can be cultivated to attract and support beneficial insects, such as bees and butterflies, which are important pollinators for gardens.
    • Herbal Sachets: Dried flowers and leaves of Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie' can fill herbal sachets, adding a subtle fragrance to drawers and closets.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Coreopsis is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Coreopsis is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Cheerfulness: Coreopsis, also known as tickseed, often represents cheerfulness due to its bright and sunny appearance, which can symbolize a happy disposition or a positive outlook.
    • Love: Some cultures associate the Coreopsis flower with love, especially because of its vibrant and passionate colors, similar to the warm hue of 'Pumpkin Pie'.
    • Optimism: Given its propensity to bloom throughout the summer, tickseed is seen as a symbol of optimism and endurance, embodying the idea of looking on the bright side of life.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Spring to Summer
As needed
  • water dropWater

    For the Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie', also commonly known as Tickseed, it is important to maintain consistent moisture without overwatering. Water the plant deeply once a week, providing about 1 gallon per plant to encourage a deep root system, adjusting for rainfall and climate conditions. During particularly hot or dry spells, increase watering frequency to twice a week. In cooler weather or if the Tickseed is planted in heavy soil, reduce watering to prevent waterlogging. Always check that the top inch of soil is dry before watering again to avoid root rot.

  • sunLight

    Tickseed thrives best in full sun and will produce the most vibrant flowers when it receives at least six to eight hours of direct sunlight daily. Plant Tickseed in a location where it is exposed to unfiltered, continuous sunlight throughout the day. If grown in too much shade, the plant may become leggy and produce fewer flowers.

  • thermometerTemperature

    The Tickseed is a hardy plant that can tolerate a range of temperatures but grows best when daytime temperatures are between 60°F and 75°F. It can withstand minimum temperatures down to about -30°F, making it suitable for many temperate regions. The plant's ideal growing conditions include warm days and cooler nights.

  • scissorsPruning

    Pruning Tickseed encourages a bushier plant with more flowers and prevents the plant from getting too leggy. Deadheading, or removing spent flowers, regularly throughout the blooming season promotes continuous flowering. After the first flush of blooms, cut back Tickseed by about one-third to encourage a second bloom in late summer or early fall. This pruning can be done as needed when the plant's appearance begins to decline.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    Tickseed 'Pumpkin Pie' thrives in well-draining soil with a pH between 5.8 and 6.8. A mixture containing garden soil, peat moss, and perlite or sand enhances drainage. Amending with organic matter improves fertility and structure for healthy growth.

  • plantRepotting

    Tickseed 'Pumpkin Pie' does not require frequent repotting; it can be done every 2-3 years. Check the roots in spring and repot if they are crowded to maintain plant vigor.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Tickseed 'Pumpkin Pie' is versatile and tolerates a wide range of humidity levels, but prefers moderate conditions. Avoiding excessive humidity reduces the risk of fungal diseases.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Place Tickseed 'Pumpkin Pie' in bright, indirect light indoors.

    • Outdoor

      In outdoor settings, ensure Tickseed 'Pumpkin Pie' receives full sun.

    • Hardiness zone

      Tickseed 'Pumpkin Pie' is suitable for USDA zones 5-9.

  • circleLife cycle

    The Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie', commonly known as Tickseed, begins its life cycle as a seed, planted in well-drained soil during the cooler temperatures of early spring or fall. Upon germination, the plant develops a rosette of foliage followed by the formation of slender, upright stems. Tickseed then enters a rapid vegetative growth phase, during which leaves and stems mature, and eventually, flower buds form. The blooming stage unfolds in late spring to summer, showcasing daisy-like flowers with a vibrant orange hue, attracting pollinators. After pollination, the flowers produce seeds, which can be dispersed by wind or wildlife, propagating the next generation of plants. As temperatures cool, the Tickseed enters dormancy, with the above-ground parts dying back and the plant relying on its root system to survive the winter until the cycle begins anew with the next growing season.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Spring to Summer

    • Coreopsis 'Pumpkin Pie', a type of Tickseed, is typically propagated by division, which is the most popular method for this perennial plant. This process is best done in the early spring or fall, when the plant is not in active bloom. To propagate by division, carefully lift the entire clump from the ground using a garden fork or shovel. Gently separate the clump into smaller sections, making sure that each section has several healthy roots and a portion of the crown. These divisions can then be replanted into well-drained soil at the same depth they were originally growing. Water the newly planted divisions thoroughly to help establish them in their new location. This method allows gardeners to quickly and efficiently produce new plants that are genetically identical to the parent plant.