Chuck Palahniuk mentions the color at least once in each of his novels. The color also appears in the film adaptation of Palahniuk's Fight Club, where it is associated with the Narrator's boss: "It must've been Tuesday. He was wearing his cornflower-blue tie." In a later scene, the Narrator's boss asks, "Can I get the icon in cornflower blue?"
The German popular song "Kornblumenblau" (literally "cornflower blue") humorously glorifies extreme drunkenness, blau being German slang for "drunk" and cornflower blue being an intense shade of the color.
The expression is used several times in describing the character Helen Watt, a historian in the book The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish.
In an episode of the ninth and final season of How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson is seen contemplating which tie he should wear for his wedding ceremony and is upset that he does not have his cornflower-blue tie which would have brought out his eyes.