The Journal des Roses says that the German name, Niphetos - snow - expressively indicates the soft, tender white of this rose. Wherever white roses are desired, it says, this variety always has the preference. It was first sent extensively into the trade in 1843 by Granger of Suisnes, who at that time recognized its great merits. Standish, of Bagshot, was the first English florist to give it a push in that country. As in the case of other roses, there have been times when it has been insisted on that it "is only some other well known kind".

At one time there was great argument that it was identical with Duchess Matilda. One of its great merits is that it suffers less from over moisture and cold than some others.