Daisy flowerThe Daisies, of which the oxeye daisy is a well-known example, are garden and field favorites.
As already indicated, they are kin to the sunflowers. The word daisy is a contraction of the old English words " dayes eye," that is, the eye of day, meaning the sun, as indicated in the verse from Chaucer.
There are a great many flowers known as daisies, and again, a given one has a number of popular names. For instance, Rudbeckia hirta is variously designated yellow daisy, black-eyed Susan, nigger-head, golden Jerusalem, and oxeye daisy.