oxeye, name for several plants, e.g., the oxeye daisy and black-eyed Susan , but particularly for two genera: Heliopsis, native to North America, and Buphthalmum, native to Europe and W Asia but cultivated elsewhere. Both are perennials of the family Asteraceae ( aster family) and are grown as ornamentals for their showy yellow heads. Oxeyes are classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Asterales, family Asteraceae.
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