Do you know coquelicot?

It is a shade of red.

Originally, it was the French name for Papaver rhoeas, the wild corn poppy…

Champ de coquelicots

bright red with an orange tint…


Eventually the term made its way into English as the name of that particular color.

The first recorded use of the term, coquelicot, was in 1795.

Guess what?

I am reading Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, the annotated edition edited by Susan Wolfson.  It was a Christmas gift and I am loving everything about it.  Well anyway, this is where I came upon coquelicot.

Miss Thorpe gushing to Catherine, “Do you know, I saw the prettiest hat you can imagine, in a shop window in Milsom-street just now – very like yours, only with coquelicot ribbons instead of green;  I quite longed for it.”

Coquelicot was made famous also by Claude Monet’s painting Les Coquelicots…


I love this color and am not particular about where it appears!





on nails…

coquelicot nails

or lapels…



did you see the display at the Tower of London commemorating the 100th anniversary of World War I…



World famous palace castle prison fortress the Tower of London with thick walls and dry moat London England Britain UK EU

and it appears that Kate agrees…


I am officially announcing the color of the year On Pinehurst Place is…



what do you think?…


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  1. Leslie Cox says:

    I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it !!!!
    Want it on my toenails, NOW !!!! Not waiting until Spring … Rushing out to find coquelicot nail polish IMMEDIATELY !!!!
    You’re just THE BEST at sharing wonderful things, thoughts, places, and people 🙂

    • says:

      It is always so much fun to have a colorful pedicure for winter months to me – makes me happy when I slip off my shoes!

  2. Susan McNamara says:

    I too love the color! Now I have a name for it! Bravo!!!!

  3. I am generally not a “red” person, but this color is as smashing as its’ name!!

    • says:

      I am thinking that I must update the header image for OPP and tweak the door color to coquelicot!

  4. PS How would one pronounce it?