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railroad daisy n Cf railroad flower n
= black-eyed Susan n 2.
1967 LeCompte Word Atlas 235 seLA, Railroad daisy [1 of 21 infs]. 1968 DARE (Qu. S21, . . Weeds . . that are a trouble in gardens and fields) Inf LA43, Railroad daisies (yellow flowers); (Qu. S26a, . . Wildflowers. . . Roadside flowers) Inf LA43, Railroad daisies. 1997 DARE File LA, Railroad daisies are yellow wildflowers with brown centers. . . My mother’s family is from a small town called Plaquemine, near Baton Rouge, and people in her family often use [the term]. 1998 NADS LetterseMT, ND, I’ve heard what I call a brown-eyed Susan referred to as a “railroad daisy” in North Dakota and Eastern Montana. They’re able to grow beside the road and beside railroad tracks where it’s relatively gravelly but also sunny. Ibid MI, I would pick them [=black-eyed Susans] for my Mother and he [=an uncle] called them “railroad daisy.” 1998 DARE File cGA, Railroad daisy! black-eyed susan! [I] recall my great-aunt using this expression. I believe I’ve also heard it mentioned as an affectionate term by my Godmother, who’s lived in New Orleans for the past 30-odd years. 1998 NADS Letters KY, Railroad daisy: I remember my mom, who was from McRoberts, KY (deep in Appalachia) using this term—it refers to a Black-Eyed Susan.