Periwinkle (color)

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About these coordinates     Color coordinates
Hex triplet #CCCCFF
sRGBB  (rgb) (204, 204, 255)
CMYKH   (c, m, y, k) (20, 20, 0, 0)
HSV       (h, s, v) (240°, 20%, 100[1]%)
Source Maerz and Paul[2]
B: Normalized to [0–255] (byte)
H: Normalized to [0–100] (hundred)
A periwinkle flower

Periwinkle is a color in the blue and violet family. Its name is derived from the lesser periwinkle or myrtle herb (Vinca minor) which bears flowers of the same color.

The color periwinkle is also called lavender blue.[3] 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 1922.[4]

In popular culture[edit]

  • Periwinkle blue is the color for esophageal and stomach cancer awareness ribbons, and for anorexia nervosa and bulimia. It is also the color for pulmonary hypertension awareness ribbons.[5]
  • The "downvote" of the popular website Reddit is identified as periwinkle, and one of the two "teams" of the site's April Fools event in 2013 was named for the color.[6]
  • Periwinkle was added to the Crayola palette in 1958.
  • Periwinkle is the name of Tinker Bell's sister in the film Tinker Bell and the Secret of the Wings.
  • In the film Snatch, Brad Pitt,[7] talking about his mother, says: "Right. And she's terrible partial to the periwinkle blue, boys. Have I made myself clear, boys?"
  • Periwinkle is the official color for k-pop group f(x)'s fandom
  • In Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, (the book) Hermione wears a periwinkle blue dress to the Yule Ball.
  • In the late 1990s the Anaheim Angels changed their uniform to include this color.[8]
  • In the film Psycho, Eliza Chambers says "I helped Norman pick out the dress she was buried in. Periwinkle blue."
  • In the I Love Lucy series of episodes in which the Ricardos and the Mertzes drive cross-country from New York City to Hollywood, the car they drove was a two-tone 1955 Pontiac with the upper color being periwinkle blue.
  • In the British sitcom Keeping Up Appearances, Hyacinth's priced possession were her Royal Doulton teacups with the "hand-painted periwinkles", of which she constantly reminded every visitor to her home.

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  1. ^ Color Conversion Tool set to hex code of color #CCCCFF (Periwinkle):
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ Maerz and Paul (1930). A Dictionary of Color. New York: 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.
  4. ^ Simpson, J. A., and E. S. C. Weiner (1989). Oxford English Dictionary, second edition. Oxford: Clarendon Press.
  5. ^ "Awareness Ribbon Pins and Cancer Ribbon Pins". Personalized Cause. Retrieved April 16, 2012.
  6. ^ "reddit: the alien". Reddit. Retrieved 29 May 2015. 
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