Common crane's bill, also known as meadow crane's bill, can be found on low lying meadows, roadside verges and grassland - particularly on calcareous soils. It flowers between June and August. It is particularly attractive to buff tailed bumblebees, red tailed bumblebees and honeybees all of which seek out its pollen and nectar.
The large purple / violet flowers turn into pointed, bill like seed pods which give the plant its common name.