This perennial plant is endemic in Central- to Eastern-Europa and in Western-Asia. It is a rich flowering plant, thriving on a sunny spot in moist to wet, nutritious and humous soil. It produces upright growing, stiffly haired, green stems with palmate, deeply incised, fine green leaves. The flat, purplish pink to lilac flowers (with a more pale center) mostly appear paired on their flower-stems (haired as well) over the leaves. After flowering hairy fruits with a bill-like appearence (therefore the name Cranesbill) are formed. The plant grows out of short root-stocks. They can build quite bold clumps. Good winter-hardy.