Leavenworthia uniflora is also setting a new early bloom record this year. First bloom appeared on March 3, about ten days earlier than the previous record.
Leavenworthia has a basal cluster of leaves that develop horizontally outward from a central point. The collection of leaves generally does a pretty good job of shading out competitive vegetation, at least near the center of the whorl.
The plants all have a fine collection of developing flower buds. Each flower will be held aloft individually atop a thin, branchless stalk.
This individual grew to resemble a tightly woven beverage coaster. Despite its slightly unusual growth pattern, there are still plenty of buds developing.
None of the other Leavenworthia plants have yet reached this stage of development. I expect it will be a couple of weeks before the next plant in line begins to display blooms. By the end of March though, I expect all the plants will be flowering profusely.