Periwinkle is a color in the blue and purple family. Its name is derived from the lesser periwinkle or myrtle herb (Vinca minor) which bears flowers of the same color. This color is also similar to the mint color.
The color periwinkle is also called lavender blue. The color periwinkle may be considered a pale tint of blue or a "pastel blue".
The first recorded use of periwinkle as a color name in English was in 1895.
^The color displayed in the color box above matches the color called periwinkle in the 1930 book by Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill; the color periwinkle is displayed on page 109, Plate 43, Color Sample B8.
^Maerz and Paul A Dictionary of Color New York:1930 McGraw-Hill Page 196—Lavender blue shown as one of the three major variations of lavender under heading lavender; Page 190—Lavender blue is listed as blue-lavender , first use of the color term is identified as 1926, and the color is identified with periwinkle.