Heliotrope (color)

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HeliotropeHow to read this color infobox
Heliotropium peruvianum.jpg
Heliotrope flowers
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #DF73FF
sRGBB  (rgb) (223, 115, 255)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (13, 55, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (286°, 55%, 100%)
Source Maerz and Paul[1]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

Heliotrope is a pink-purple tint that is a representation of the color of the heliotrope flower.

The first recorded use of Heliotrope as a color name in English was in 1882.[2]

Variations of heliotrope[edit]

Heliotrope gray[edit]

Heliotrope GrayHow to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #AA98A9
sRGBB  (rgb) (170, 152, 169)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (0, 11, 1, 33)
HSV       (h, s, v) (303°, 11%, 67[3]%)
Source ISCC-NBS[4]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

The color heliotrope gray is displayed at right.

The first recorded use of heliotrope gray as a color name in English was in 1912.[5]

The source of this color is: ISCC-NBS Dictionary of Color Names (1955)--Color Sample of Heliotrope Gray (color sample #227)


Old heliotrope[edit]

Old HeliotropeHow to read this color infobox
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #563C5C
sRGBB  (rgb) (86, 60, 92)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (7, 35, 0, 64)
HSV       (h, s, v) (289°, 35%, 36[6]%)
Source ISCC NBS
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)

At right is displayed the color old heliotrope.

Another name for this color is old helio.

The first recorded use of old helio as a color name in English was in 1926.[7]


Heliotrope in culture[edit]

  • Heliotrope is used as the color for the academic hood of the Business Faculty of RMIT University in Australia.
  • In Leo Tolstoy's War and Peace, Book Eight, Helene, the Countess Bezukhova visits the Rostov family in Moscow wearing "a gown in heliotrope with a high collar."
  • In Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband, Act I, the play notes state that Mrs. Cheveley enters the Chilterns' party wearing "heliotrope, with diamonds".
  • In James Joyce's "Finnegans Wake", "heliotrope" is the answer to the Maggies' riddle in the game of Colours (or Angels and Devils) played by the children in Part II, Chapter 1. Throughout the chapter, the word "heliotrope" is disguised a number of times, hidden either in anagrams, riddles, puns, or obscure allusions.
  • In P. G. Wodehouse’s "Thank You Jeeves", Pauline Stoker escapes from her father's yacht and ends up in Bertie Wooster's heliotrope pajamas.
  • In Sarah Mlynowski's "Parties & Potions", the Samsortas wear a gown that is heliotrope in color, as the color has "magical properties that enhance natural beauty".
  • In "The Whalestoe Letters" addition to Danielewski's "House of Leaves", Pelafina lists heliotrope as a preferred color for her luggage.
  • In Thomas Pynchon's "Gravity's Rainbow", the colored pencils on Tyrone Slothrop's Desk include the "Hard-to-get heliotrope" and in "Against the Day", Dr. Willi Dingkopf's is described having a "vivid necktie in fuchsia, heliotrope, and duck green".
  • In J.K. Rowling's "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows", Mafalda Hopkirk's polyjuice potion turns "a pleasant heliotrope colour".
  • In Mark Twain's "How to tell a story and other essays", Thompson refers to the scent of a corpse being shipped by train: "I've carried many a one of 'em, some of 'em considerable overdue, too, but lordy, he just lays over 'em all! And does it easy Cap., they was just heliotrope to HIM!"
  • The periorbital purplish discoloration occurring in dermatomyositis is called the "Heliotrope rash" after the color.
  • Heliotrope is among the handful of "half-mourning" colors worn by Victorians during the last stage of mourning.[8]
  • One of the most famous ragtime piano melodies is Heliotrope Bouquet, composed in 1907 by Louis Chauvin (the first two strains) and Scott Joplin (the last two strains).
  • State University of New York at Purchase formerly had heliotrope as one of the college's colors.
  • The University of Arkansas used heliotrope as one of the school colors in the early 20th century.
  • Heliotrope was a popular color reference of Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, script writers of Hancock's Half Hour.
  • In the British sci-fi series Doctor Who, heliotrope was the color of the robes worn by the Patrexes on the planet Gallifrey.
  • Heliotrope is one of the colors in the Venus Paradise set of colored pencils, a popular brand of colored pencils widely sold during the 1950s.
  • In the Pixar short film, Boundin', the jackalope uses heliotrope as a color.
  • Exmouth RFC (N2) play in a Heliotrope and white horizontal strip. The Exmouth RFC bar also serves a cocktail named Heliotrope.
  • In Eric Thompson's 'Dougal and the blue cat' Buxton, the blue cat, prepares himself to wipe out all other colors ...."like heliotrope".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The color displayed in the color box above matches the color called heliotrope in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color heliotrope is displayed on page 131, Plate 54, Color Sample C10.
  2. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill Page 196; Color Sample of Heliotrope: Page 131 Plate 54 Color Sample C10
  3. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code #AA98A9 (Heliotrope Gray):
  4. ^ Of the various tones of Heliotrope Gray shown on the indicated web page of the ISCC-NBS color list, the color displayed in the color box above, color sample #227, matches most closely the color called Heliotrope Gray in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color Heliotrope Gray is displayed on page 111, Plate 44, Color Sample C3.
  5. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 196; Color Sample of Heliotrope Gray: Page 111 Plate 44 Color Sample C3
  6. ^ web.forret.com Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #563C5C (Old Heliotrope):
  7. ^ Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York: 1930 McGraw-Hill Page 200; Color Sample of Old Helio: Page 113 Plate 45 Color Sample J9
  8. ^ Mourning Fashion: