Lady Bird Johnson was blamed for the planting of multiflora roses, a bane to many farmers. The thorny roses, now considered invasive, tangled themselves up in fences.
Was this all a rural legend - a variation on an urban legend? Did Johnson at one time suggest planting them, then thought better of it? Did the farmers just find the first lady a convenient target, because she was known for roadside plantings? Did the landowners simply resent other farmers who had planted multiflora roses, allowing birds to carry the seeds over into their fence rows?