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Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Some of the periwinkle growing in our yard, April 2012
(These have more purple in them than the crayon does....)
Periwinkle [per-i-wing-kuhl] is a purplish blue color, also known as "lavender blue".  The name comes from the periwinkle plant (also called creeping myrtle) which bears flowers that color.  I have loved the word -- and the color -- for as long as I can remember.  Whenever anyone asks the question: If you were a crayon, what color would you be?, I always answer with periwinkle. (See the Crayola page about the crayon color here.)

I named one of my stuffed animal seals Periwinkle when I was a little girl, and as a teenager, I was thrilled when the color was chosen by my high school graduating class for our caps and gowns:
That's me on the right. :)  I know the gowns look more
blue in this picture than a lavender blue, but that's just
the lighting.  Trust me, they were periwinkle.

The last of the evening light reflected 
periwinkle sky on the still lake.

With her hand, the young girl smoothed
 the velvety periwinkle dress against her legs.

What other things can you think of that are periwinkle in color?  If you were a crayon, what color would you be?

(Psst... if you haven't read about the Big Blue Birthday Contest yet, please check out this post.)


  1. I love Cornflower- it's like a lighter blue, but my first thought was Macaroni and Cheese- it's orange and warm and yummy! A great "comfort" color!

  2. Oh, I like cornflower, too! And I agree -- Macaroni and Cheese is a great comfort color! :)