(John Harrell, Aurora, Illinois). Parentage unknown, bloomed in the mid-50’s. Lactiflora, height 30″. Single, bright violet-red with multiple buds. Sets seeds readily. If seed pods are left on the plant to dry, they open flat to make leather or carved wood appearing flowers that are excellent for dried arrangements. Named for two grandmothers, Riva and Ida. Registered by Steve Varner, Monticello, Illinois, August 9, 1985.
Harrell / Varner