08/26/12 7:59am
08/26/2012 7:59 AM
MARGERY DAUGHTREY COURTESY PHOTO | This impatiens plant in Riverhead was among the first reported cases of the disease on the North Fork last fall.

MARGERY DAUGHTREY COURTESY PHOTO | This impatiens plant in Riverhead was among the first reported cases of the disease on the North Fork last fall.

Downy mildew, a fungus-like organism that has devastated impatiens across the country, killing off scores of the enormously popular and versatile plant.

And unfortunately, there’s no way to stop the disease, experts and businessmen said. Landscapers and homeowners alike must learn to live with this epidemic.

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