Giving red roses on Valentine's Day is kind of 'safe,' so sometimes people like to branch out and give flowers that aren't roses. But, beware! The magazine Marie Claire says the flowers you get might be sending the wrong message.

Clearly, this is total nonsense and we should be grateful for any and all flowers at all. But just in case you've been struck by curiosity, here are the secret meanings behind five popular types of flowers.

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    Yellow Tulips

    Yellow tulips mean they're hopelessly in love with you, but apprehensive that you might not be that in love with them.

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    They supposedly represent "refined beauty,"  but Marie Claire also says they make your man look pretentious. (I'm no expert, but I love orchids and my husband is anything but pretentious.)

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    Pink Carnations

    If you're thinking about picking up some of these, keep in mind that this flower represent "a mother's love", so they're more appropriate for Mother's Day than Valentine's Day or you could have the kids give them to their mom for Valentine's Day and it would make so much more sense.

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    Coriander is actually a herb, but a lot of times it's used as filler in bouquets. Marie Claire says that coriander represents "lust," and it means they're more interested in a casual relationship than a meaningful one.

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    Peonies kind of look like carnations and represent "shame and bashfulness” so they might represent that an affair is going on. Personally, I'd be pretty happy with some peonies. I think they're gorgeous!

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