Its common name brings to mind the yesteryears and legendary characters like Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple or Granny Clampett of the Beverly Hillbillies with their signature bonnets.
So why does it appeal to me?
This bog dweller with its monocotyledonous green leaves has a neat habit and makes a nice potted plant.
But its charm and uniqueness belong almost solely to the pinheads, which are actually tightly clustered minute blooms that form the little pinhead. A couple of these blooms may look like hat pins, but a few dozens look more like a pincushion instead.
What started as a waif rescued from within a refuse bag is now colonizing the trough. I shall have to start finding homes for them, failing which I might just try a spot of guerilla gardening. The next time you see what resembles a pin cushion by the wayside, look again. It may just turn out to be a hat pin plant.
Care and propagation: Semi-shade to full sun; peat or garden soil; water generously; propagate using seeds