Common speedwell is one of those plants you need to get down on your knees for. Its stem lies on the ground and its flowers are very small. The plant is commonly found in the Dutch dunes. It is also found in sandy regions formed during the Pleistocene but is becoming quite rare. Common speedwell grows best in dry, sunny places on relatively nutrient-poor, unfertilized, humus-rich sandy and loamy soil. Examples are dunes, heath lands and dry grassy lands. In the dunes, it is found in calcium-poor as well as calcium-rich sand in low grassy and mossy vegetation. As long as no snow has fallen, it is one of the few dune grassland plants that retains its green leaves after a late severe frost.