Cornflower blue

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Cornflower blue (X11)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #6495ED
sRGBB  (rgb) (100, 149, 237)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (59, 37, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (219°, 58%, 93%)
Source X11
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
Cornflower blue (Crayola)
About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #93CCEA
sRGBB  (rgb) (154, 206, 235)
HSV       (h, s, v) (201°, 37%, 92%)
Source Crayola
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)

Cornflower blue is a shade of medium-to-light blue containing relatively little green compared to blue. This hue was one of the favorites of the Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer.[1]

The most valuable blue sapphires are called cornflower blue, having a medium-dark violet-blue tone.[2]


Robert Boyle[edit]

Robert Boyle reported a blue dye produced from the cornflower.[3] This was also called Boyle's Blue[4] and Cyan Blue.[5] This dye color however, was not widely commercialized.[6]


Cornflower blue is a defined color in the X Window (X11) color scheme.[7] As such, it is a color available as a named color for webpages.


CornFlowerBlue () is an HTML color name, its hexidecimal code is #6495ED.[8]


Cornflower blue is a Crayola color. It was originally introduced in 1958, in the box of 48 crayons.

Microsoft XNA[edit]

Cornflower blue is the default clear color used in the XNA framework.

Popular references[edit]

  • Chuck Palahniuk mentions the color at least once in every one of his novels. The color also appears in the film adaptation of Palahniuk's Fight Club, where the Narrator says "It must've been Tuesday. He was wearing his cornflower-blue tie." In a separate scene the Narrator's supervisor asks, "Can I get the icon in cornflower-blue?"
  • In Sara Gruen's novel "Water for Elephants" Jacob Jankowski dreams about his mother 'standing in the yard in a cornflower blue dress hanging laundry'.
  • 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.[9]
  • In season 8, episode 1 of How I Met Your Mother, Barney Stinson refers to a cornflower blue tie, a possible reference to the tie in Fight Club.
  • On page 62 of Raymond Chandler's novel The Long Goodbye Phillip Marlowe describes Eileen Wade with "cornflower blue eyes".
  • In episode 6x09 of TV show NCIS:Los Angeles Deeks tells Kensi that her favourite color is "cornflower blue".
  • In Agatha Christie's murder mystery After The Funeral, Mrs. Helen Leo is described as having "eyes that had once been likened to cornflowers."

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jan Vermeer of Delft". Holland History. Retrieved 30 December 2016. 
  2. ^ McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology, ed. Sybil P.. Parker, 1997, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 9780079115041, page 30
  3. ^ The Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments, Nicholas Eastaugh, Valentine Walsh, Tracey Chaplin, Ruth Siddall, 2004, Routledge, ISBN 9781136373855
  4. ^ Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments. 
  5. ^ Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments. 
  6. ^ Pigment Compendium: A Dictionary of Historical Pigments. 
  7. ^ Color Library documentation, Color::Library::Dictionary::X11 - (X11) Colors for the X11 Window System (rgb.txt) Archived 2013-06-27 at (accessed 2012-06-29)
  8. ^ "CornFlowerBlue". Retrieved August 28, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Kornblumenblau / Es gibt kein Pltzchen auf Erden free midi mp3 download Strand Hotel Sechelt bed breakfast".