Horse Nettle Berries: Late August
Note: the berries do not really grow into the sky. I lifted a ground-bound brier there so that you might better see the fruit.
Horse Nettle Blooms: Late June
(Too bad I didn't name this plant, I would have called it Umbrella bloom.)
Species: S. carolinense
Carolina horsenettle (Solanum carolinense), also known as Bull nettle, Carolina horse nettle, Horse nettle, Apple of Sodom, Radical Weed, Sand Brier and, Tread-softly, is not a true nettle, but a member of the Solanaceae, or nightshade family. It is known for producing painful spines along the stems that penetrate the skin and break off. It is a perennial, herbaceous plant native to southeastern United States that has spread widely throughout North America.
Carolina horsenettle is considered a noxious weed in several US states. It can spread vegetatively by underground rhizomes as well as by seed. It is resistant to many herbicides; in fact, herbicide use often selects for horsenettle by removing competing weeds. It is an especially despised weed by gardeners who hand weed as the spines tend to penetrate the skin and then break off when the plant is grasped. The deep root also makes it difficult to remove.
For more on this plant's limited use, or it's real dangers see: ToxicTomatoes