Two weeks early, but close enough to Christmas to begin blooming a bit at a time. By Christmas Day it will be in full bloom. These flowers are some of the most beautiful to me, mainly because of their bright color and translucent petals with differing shapes. The plant is one-year old. It replaced one which was at least ten years old and it bloomed annually, but not necessarily at Christmastime. The new one is on a perfect schedule.