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Hi Noreen
I know exactly what you are saying.  What was once rare is no
longer really rare in the market place however the folks with money are quite
often the collectors who are willing to pay a premium for fine plant material
from reputable growers.  For the greater number of consumers who can't really
tell the difference between a succulent and a woody shrub they shop at where
ever they can get the least expensive material in the largest pot.  Since the
big box stores use plants as a lost leader to bring in customers the smaller
growers are really having a hard time.  Rare plants is one way they are trying
to stay in the business without selling their souls to Lowes and Walmart.

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