One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A yellow-flowered North American plant of the daisy family.
Heliopsis helianthoides, family Compositae
- ‘I love rudbeckias of all sizes, shastas similarly, colourful chrysanthemums and coreopsis, marguerites, ox-eyes, osteospermums; the list is almost endless.’
- ‘A daisy is the day's eye, and an ox-eye is a type of chrysanthemum that looks like a daisy, although confusingly the Michaelmas daisy is an aster, because it resembles a star.’
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