I spotted my third namwa pre-flag/flag this morning!
This plant was cutback after the winter due to some pstem rot and was a slow grower. It put out two rabbit ear looking leaves initially and struggled for about a month. I checked it closer and found some internal rot in a middle layer of the pstem (outside two-three layers were okay and core two-three layers were okay too). I peeled the pstem back like an onion in order to remove the rotted layer. It looked pretty odd for a month or two. My efforts were rewarded with "Rabbit Ears" producing a pre-flag/flag leaf.
Due to the hacking and peeling in early Spring the plant is much shorter (11') and skinnier (24" circumference) than my other two flowering Namwas which are about 13.5' and 34".
"Rabbit Ears" early Spring
Peeled like an onion